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MLSsoccer.com's annual ranking showcasing the top young players in MLS returns on Wednesday!


The series will once again count down the top 22 players under the age of 22, as voted on by an expert panel.


When are the 22 Under 22 presented by BODYARMOR rankings revealed?


The top 22 players in MLS under the age of 22 as of the end of the 2020 regular season (i.e. 21 or younger before November 8), will be revealed on Wednesday at noon ET (Nos. 11-22) and Thursday (Nos. 1-10).


The top 10 reveal on Thursday will come at 12 pm ET. 


How were the rankings determined?


The rankings will reflect the votes submitted by a panel of 14 individuals comprising:


  • 10 members of the MLS Media team
  • 2 members of the MLS Player Department
  • 2 youth soccer experts


How are players evaluated?


All MLS players under the age of 22 (21 or younger) before Nov. 8, 2020 were eligible for consideration.


The panel ranked the eligible players based on the following criteria: technical ability, tactical IQ, physical attributes and future potential. 


How can you get involved?


Fans have the chance to vote on who they think are the best players under the age of 22 on Twitter and Instagram.

What did past rankings look like?


The nine previous editions of the 24 Under 24 and 22 Under 22 rankings saw several notable international talents emerge at No. 1:


2019:Diego Rossi (LAFC)
2018:Alphonso Davies (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
2017:Miguel Almiron (Atlanta United)
2016:Cyle Larin (Orlando City)
2015:Fabian Castillo (FC Dallas)
2014:DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders)
2013:Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers)
2012:Darren Mattocks (Vancouver Whitecaps)
2011:Brek Shea (FC Dallas)
2010:Fredy Montero (Seattle Sounders)